Wry neck or torticollis is twist and tilt in the neck. The head tilt to one side and the chin to the other side. It results when the neck muscle or its blood supply gets damaged. It usually resolves on its own but may recur. It can be congenital or acquired. It is a painful condition that causes difficulty in daily activities. Physical therapy includes gentle stretches and strengthening exercise, massaging the affected area, taping, and some home exercise programs.

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I have weakness in both arms and torticollis. Can you please check if these symptoms are associated with my MRI findings?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask about my MRI impression. I have some weakness in both arms, and my cranial MRI showed heterotopia, suggesting a slightly low T1, T2, and slightly FLAIR signal focus (1 x 0.7 cm) in the right lower anterior parietal periventricular region. This is similar to the signal int...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhishek Juneja

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Heterotopia is generally congenital. It does not seem to be responsible for the arm weakness that you have. The arm weakness may be due to vitamin deficiency, cervical nerve compression, or stress related. Physical examination and further investigations are a must to...  Read Full »

My 5 month old son looks only in one direction while sitting. Does this mean he has torticollis?

Query: Hello doctor,My son is 5 months old. He can hold his head during tummy time and turn his head in both directions. But when we make him sit, he usually looks in one direction. He has a flat head on one side. Does this mean he has torticollis?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A child with torticollis will not be able to make much neck movements at all, in any direction or position. The very fact that the child can look in both directions during tummy time is suggestive of the child not having torticollis. As regards to the flat head, some...  Read Full »

I heard a pop while turning neck and now it is sore. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning to go to school. When I lifted my head and looked right, I heard a big pop and my left side of my neck and upper shoulder are sore. I have been icing and heating it. I need this to heal soon as possible as I have hockey match coming up.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello,Welcome to careful analysis of the history provided, I would like to say that you are having a neck strain and probably resulted in torticollis. Having said that, I would like to also mention that it would take time to heal. It is basically a tear in the muscle and few struct...  Read Full »

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